Re: Neanderthals horse or mule?

J.E.Hawcroft (
6 Oct 1995 09:03:25 GMT

Neanderthals are definitely a separate species of Homo from H.s.sapiens.
The kind of intraspecies variation we see in modern humans is great, but
not to the extent that one group is so very highly specialised like the
Neanderthals were. What we see in Upper Pleistocene Europe is two
different groups of Homo virtually co-existing, not one big mingled
variable group. And the differences between those two groups are too
large to accomodate within the known boundaries of species.
It is true that Europeans are in the wider sense hybrids, but not that
much. Sorry.